Local Happenings: October 2016

The Bay Area African American College Preparedness Workshop will include information on navigating the college admission process and financial aid planning. Participants can network with alumni from the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and California universities. The workshop is open to all middle and high school students, parents and school administrators.

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Op-Ed: Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families

As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.

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My Teacher Sparked a Lifelong Interest in Literature

On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.

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